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Fernando Torres scored one of his most important goals in a long time for Atletico yesterday

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THEY HAVEN’T REACHED the heights of last season but Atletico Madrid are still on course for a Champions League place after a second half goal from Fernando Torres gave Diego Simeone’s men a precious point away to Levante.

The draw leaves Atletico four points clear of Valencia in third place, as they could only draw 2-2 at the Bernabeu on Saturday night.

As it stands, Atletico need three points from their last two games, at home to Barcelona and away to Granada, to book a place in Europe’s marquee competition.

Levante are struggling down in 14th but still lead twice before Torres headed home midway through the second half.


It was a crucial goal from the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, who has shown glimpses of his best form in his first season back with his old club.

Atletico won the league and were seconds away from adding the Champions League last year, but that sort of form was always going to be almost impossible to replicate with Barcelona and Real Madrid lurking.

Still, Simeone guided the club to the last eight in Europe and they look on course to get a top three finish in the league, so it is still a pretty successful year.

And it is nice to see Torres making some key contributions after a couple of poor seasons.

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